New entrants ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) made a memorable Indian Tremendous League (ISL) debut as they edged previous Kerala Blasters 1-Zero on the GMC Stadium in Bambolim right here on Friday. Roy Krishna scored the lone aim within the second half to safe the three factors for his aspect.
The primary half was a cagey affair and remained goalless, with ATKMB, the newly-merged crew, failing to transform their possibilities. Kerala dominated possession however lacked the top product within the closing third.
It was Kerala who began brightly, intent on preserving the ball whereas Kolkata aspect had been eager on absorbing the stress.
The Mariners had the prospect to take the lead off what was the primary nook of the sport, with the ball falling to an unmarked Krishna. The Fijian although didn’t get the specified connection and scuffed it out for a goal-kick.
ATKMB had been compelled to make their first substitution within the 15th-minute when Michael Soosairaj was stretchered off the sector after being fouled by Prasanth Karuthadathkuni. He was changed by Subhasish Bose.
Bagan had the chance to place themselves forward, by a nook once more quickly. Edu Garcia discovered Carl McHugh however the Irishman fired his header extensive. Krishna had one other nice probability quickly after the half-hour mark, with the ball falling to him after a mistake by Vicente Gomez. Nevertheless, the Fijian despatched the ball over the bar.
Shortly after that, Kerala had their greatest probability of the sport. Nongdamba Naorem whipped in a cross from the left however a block from McHugh lobbed off in the direction of the centre of the field. An onrushing Ritwik Das, nevertheless, missed the goal from shut distance.
Vicuna’s males continued to dominate possession within the second half and their efforts led to a clear-cut alternative. Carneiro burst ahead and crossed the ball to Sahal Abdul Samad, who miscued his shot.
The impasse was lastly damaged within the 67th minute resulting from a mistake by the Kerala defence. Sergio Cidoncha and Jose Vicente Gomez made a large number of clearing Manvir Singh’s lobbed ball and succeeded solely in diverting it into Krishna’s path. The Fijian made no mistake, scoring Bagan’s first aim of their ISL sojourn.
Kerala pushed arduous for an equaliser, bringing on Puitea and Jordan Murray, however had been finally let down by their poor ending.